There have been 440 accidents at firm’s UK sites since 2015 alone, according to Freedom of Information data
STAFF at an Amazon warehouse were forced to work in sub-zero conditions, according to shocking claims revealed today.
Workers at the facility in Dundee had to fill out orders for the US retail giant in conditions around 3C — which then fell below 0C overnight, it is alleged.
Health and Safety Executive advice states that warehouses should be around 13C.
It comes as trade union GMB said there were more than 440 serious accidents at Amazon’s UK sites since 2015.
Workers’ injuries including fractures, head wounds and collisions with heavy equipment have doubled in just four years, according to Freedom of Information data.
In one case a London forklift driver crashed into a warehouse column and almost caused a floor to callapse in a “lapse of concentration possibly due to long working hours”, the union claimed.
But he refused to give investigators his name for fear of being sacked.
Amazon, which raked in £136billion in revenues last year worldwide, is one of the world’s wealthiest companies and is owned by the planet’s richest man Jeff Bezos.
Jack Dromey, Labour MP and shadow work and pensions minister, said: “A supposed 21st century company, Amazon is guilty of behaving like a 19th century mill owner, putting its workers at risk in pursuit of profit.
“This cannot go on because deaths in Amazon will surely follow.
“Jeff Bezos should hang his head in shame.
“His company should meet the GMB to sort what is a national scandal.”